Italian Swimmer Rachele Bruni Casually Comes Out By Dedicating Medal to Her Girlfriend

Rachele Bruni
Tracy E. Gilchrist

The 2016 Olympics in Rio is arguably the queerest and most romantic (with several athletes proposing or being proposed to) in the history of the games. Italian distance swimmer Rachele Bruni came out during the Olympics in Rio when she dedicated her silver medal for the 10k race to her “beloved.”

“I dedicate this victory to my family, my coach and my beloved, who have followed and supported me,” Rachele said, according to AfterEllen.

When pressed by the Italian press to clarify if her “beloved” meant Diletta Faina, her girlfriend, she said that it did.

"I've always lived naturally, without problems. I've never done a big coming out," Bruni said, according to Italy's La Stampa, as reported by Daily Dot. "Undoubtedly there are people who have too many prejudices, but I live peacefully. I do not think about the prejudices, I live for myself, for my passion for swimming and for the people who love me."

Prior to the Olympics Rachele and Diletta have posted adorable pictures together on Twitter without proclaiming the status of their relationship.

Rachele’s confirming she has a girlfriend makes her the 49th out athlete competing at the Rio Olympics (38 women and 11 men).

While Rachele is an eight-time European champ, according to Outsports, this is her first Olympic medal. Congratulations are in order to Rachele on all fronts! 

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